Food Porn?…

Today, I am going to take you on a journey that goes beyond the typical “Military living adventure” and ask for you to buckle up, think about more than the world sitting in front of you and reflect on what your life’s passion is.

Today started off as a typical military day when I picked up the Stars and Stripes off the front door mat at 0530 this morning. I realize that not many of you venture to the Stars and Stripes but for me, it is a way to somehow capture a glimpse of home. I seem to always go straight to the back of the paper where I can find the little tidbits of what’s happening in the States. Usually I do not read nor am I moved by the Opinions page but today sparked a different thought pattern.

There was this headline, Food porn won’t fill an empty stomach by Nina Burleigh that caught my eye.

Food porn,  “What in the world?”

So I began to read and started to realize she was comparing Gordon Ramsay‘s food shows to how 1 out of 4 American kids are in “food insecure households”. She continued to detail in her opinion on how the shows, “Hell’s Kitchen“, “Master Chef” and “Hotel Hell”,

…provide the bread for our version of ancient Rome‘s reliably distracting bread and circuses.  Except now there is no real bread involved, only the virtual, mouth-watering, food-porn sort that merely whets the appetite for “More, sir.”

It appears that the vision of a child in tattered clothes holding up a bowl asking for some more food is her vision of such said shows. I would disagree and express that she is clearly missing the point.

These shows are not about  food. They are about having a passion. Doing something that is in your heart that you alone can express and give to others. It is about finding your way and learning from others and understanding how to work in many different environments.

If Ramsay’s,

...spectacles of psychological abuse and opulent food preparations play out in front of millions of viewers. For too many of them the  “dinosaur s***” on the loser plate looks pretty darn good.”

bothers you then do not watch the shows. Better yet, leave the tag line of your upcoming book out of the end of the article.

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